Barry heads to Europe for WWI commemorations

  • 29/09/2015
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry (Photo/Simon Wong)
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry (Photo/Simon Wong)

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry is heading to Europe as the focus of World War I commemorations turns to the Western Front.

Ms Barry will travel to France, Belgium and Italy during her visit and will attend a series of memorial events.

She will also unveil and present six new plinths and dioramas installed at significant battle sites such as Passchendaele and Messines.

A memorial rugby match between Belgium and the New Zealand defence force is also planned.

"The game is in honour of 1905 Originals captain Dave Gallaher, who was killed in action at Passchendaele in 1917 and will highlight the important bond forged between our two nations during the war," Ms Barry said.

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